Category Archives: Holidays

The Best Christmas Present?

Christmas, this year, will be a non-event. I’m disappointed, but realistically prepared. We don’t have a Christmas tree, we haven’t set out many decorations, and our shopping schedule has been extremely cramped as of late (fiscally and physically). Santa Claus didn’t forget us, though; Ponzi’s been picking up items from my wish list, and I’ve been planning a stocking to end all stockings for her. It’s almost three in the morning here, and I’m wondering if I’ll even have time to pick up a screw for my glasses tomorrow (it fell out at some point this evening). That would be a wonderful gift: time.

Ponzi says she only wants one thing this year for Christmas: a completely new wardrobe. Apparently, clothes go out of style after you wear them twice – and it’s only fashionable to wear 1/10th of the outfits 90% of the time? Well, that kind of gift is unrealistic. She thinks I’ve already seen my presents (as they’ve been coming in all sorts of boxes, mixed in with wedding registry gifts). In my mind, the best Christmas present for her at this point is to match the amount she spent on me – letting her spend the same amount on her wardrobe, “guilt free.”

Jingle All the Way!

Despite having moved across town (and been married) within the past week, I’ve still had time to listen to my favorite holiday music. Ponzi’s ready to burn all my Christmas CDs – including the Jingle Cats album, which apparently drives Wicket nuts. I can’t help it – I always love this time of year. Mind you, I haven’t had much time to go shopping for gifts lately (and nobody’s really given me their wish list). Instead of going out and buying gift certificates you’ll never use, I figured I’d just give the gift of song. No refunds, no returns, no exchanges.

If you wanna play along at home, you can – as there’s nine of us singing (as of today). Just tag your Revver video “jinglevlogs” and we’ll be good to go. Go ahead, I dare you to play all of these at the same time. It’ll put you and your entire home / office into the holiday spirit:









Snow in Seattle – a White Christmas!

I can’t believe I’m looking out our front window and seeing snow on the ground. Usually, it falls and melts instantly – like it did yesterday. This evening, just as Ponzi and I were headed out to do a little offline shopping, snow started to fall in Seattle. We could barely see traffic on I-90, so I knew this wasn’t the time to venture out and brave the snowy roads (and likely inexperienced California kamikazes drivers).

I couldn’t help but run out and make snow angels in the middle of the street. Can you even remember the last time you made a snow angel?! It “never” snows in Seattle. The city simply isn’t equipped to handle the load. Of course, Wicket and Pixie had a total blast in the sky powder.

I think it’s going to be a White Christmas after all (which Robert Goulet happens to be singing right now on Music Choice channel 940)!

50 Geek Gift Ideas (My Wishlist)

I’ve worked my fingers off over the past day, updating my personal wish list with all the latest interesting gadgets and gizmos (not to mention a few stocking stuffers thrown in for good measure). Without further ado, I give you a semi-official and almost-complete wish list – which could be good for just about any ol’ geek:

  1. Panasonic TH-42PX60U 42″ Plasma HDTV
  2. Seagate 500GB eSATA External Hard Drive
  3. SkyScout
  4. Electronic Message Board
  5. eSATA to USB Adapter
  6. Firepod
  7. Energizer Energi To Go Instant Cell Phone Charger, Mini USB
  8. Panasonic Wireless 802.11 b/g Network Camera (BL-C30A)
  9. Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 Webcam
  10. Logitech Harmony 1000 Advanced Universal Remote
  11. Night Owl Explorer Pro 5x Night Vision Scope w/I/R Illuminator
  12. SanDisk V-Mate Video Memory Card Recorder
  13. Star Wars Astromech Droids Complete Set
  14. Samsung BlackJack
  15. GPS TrackStick
  16. INVIS-ID
  17. Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000
  18. Solar Charger – USB charger – Mobile Device Charger
  19. Xtreme X-500 Electric Scooter
  20. Celestron CPC 1100XLT Computerized GPS SCT with StarBright XLT Coatings
  21. Kotobukiya Star Wars Darth Vader Pre-Painted Soft Vinyl Model Kit
  22. Wi-Spy Spectrum Analyzer
  23. Pertelian External LCD Display v4
  24. eStarling WiFi LCD Frame
  25. Watt’s Up Pro
  26. LED Name Badge II
  27. LED Projection Night Light
  28. Canon PowerShot SD800 IS
  29. NY Times Deluxe Touch Screen Crossword Puzzle
  30. Wireless Weather Forecaster
  31. Westinghouse (WHI-4C) 4-Channel Wireless Intercom System
  32. Uniden GMR1588-2CK 22-Channel 15-Mile Two-Way Radios (Pair)
  33. DreamAuthentics Ultra Quad Arcade Package (MAME Arcade)
  34. Dyson Root 6
  35. Lentek Koolatron BV01G Bug Vacuum Pest Control with Recharger
  36. HP LaserJet 3052
  37. APC BR1500 UPS
  38. Belkin F5U261 USB 2.0 4-Port Drive-Bay Hub
  39. KAMARACK 3.5″ USB RACK
  40. Mac Mini (SuperDrive)
  41. Sony HDR-SR1 Handycam HD Camcorder
  42. Ionic Breeze GP
  43. Jump-Start DC Power Plus (AU400)
  44. Ecosol Powerstick
  45. Brando WorkShop 55 in 1 Card Reader
  46. Xbox 360 HD-DVD External Drive
  47. Communicator Grey C100S USB Speakerphone for Skype
  48. The Optimus Keyboard
  49. HP LP3065 30″ LCD Monitor
  50. Slingbox Pro

BTW, if you order anything through OverStock.com before December 1st, you can save an additional 12% (saving as much as $125).

Did I leave anything out?

Mobile Stocking Stuffers

Every year, I struggle to find great stocking stuffers for Ponzi. My fiancee is difficult to shop for, despite what she claims. It’s frustrating, but every year I manage to pull it off without showering her in chocolate (which never gets consumed, anyway). I’ve tried little books, but they remain unread. I’ve tried arts and crafts, but they never get assembled. Geeks are so much easier to shop for!

My wish list of “wants” and “needs” is rather extensive, but I just added six Proporta items to it tonight. Expect even more gift suggestions (and accompanying links) in the coming weeks. Who wouldn’t want these?

These recommendations aren’t linked through any affiliate program, by the way – I make them because I’m sure you’re struggling to find something for that special geeky someone, too.